Daily Noontime (Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

Hopefully everyone is doing well and thinking optimistically as we anxiously await the outcome of the election. Can it please end today?

Alright, let’s get to some news, beginning with the National Football League (NFL) as part two of the 2020 season begins tonight in Santa Clara, California with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m. (eastern).

Here are some pregame reads to get you excited for tonight’s matchup:

Let’s switch gears to basketball – I prefer to call it hoops (😉)! – as we may know later today if the 2020-21 National Basketball Association (NBA) will tip-off next month or perhaps in mid-January.

As we all know, the 2019-20 season concluded last month in the Orlando, Florida, so the turnaround time would be much shorter than a typical offseason, but according to a few reports, the league is planning to play 72-game season instead of the typical 82-game season.

And finally, here are some additional news and links from the world wide web – have a great day, everyone!

  • According to Sportico‘s Anthony Crupi, ESPN is eliminating 500 jobs.
  • Apparently the first Mid-American Conference (MAC) football game of the 2020 season took place last night and featured a power outage – yikes!
  • While we anxiously await the outcome of the 2020 election, we did learn recently that three more states – Louisiana, Maryland, and Soith Dakota – will allow wagers “on sporting events,” which is good news for DraftKings and FanDuel.
  • Could Alex Cora become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? It seems like a second stint is possible, according to multiple reports over the past few days, including MLBTradeRumors.com.

Enjoy a BRAND new Noontime Sports Podcast this morning (or afternoon) – today, we welcomed Darryl Konicki, who is the associate commissioner of the Little East Conference (LEC), to discuss the content he and his the league have produced over these past few weeks and months without games being played.

You can listen to today’s podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and wherever you get your podcasts!

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

As usual, I hope this blog post finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically.

Before we get to some news and links, I just wanted to pass along a friendly reminder that Election Day is five days away so please make an effort to vote. No matter who you support, your voice matters, and you can visit Vote.org to learn more about how and where to vote.

Alright, let’s get to some news and links, beginning with Major League Baseball (MLB) which is currently investigating – well, more trying to understand exactly why Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgersrefused to comply‘ with league officials during his team’s championship celebration on Tuesday evening.

As for Turner’s teammates (and coaches), they returned safely to the City of Angles yesterday after testing negative for the coronavirus. And hopefully Turner (and his wife) will return to California soon – safely, of course! – but for now, he and his teammates, along with the organization remain “under fire” for their World Series celebration.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites heading into the 2021 season, according to a ‘way too early‘ power rankings from ESPN, while our hometown Boston Red Sox were picked 19th (ouch!). Yes, the Red Sox were not great this summer and fall, but hopefully things change for the better next season (fingers crossed!).

Let’s switch gears to basketball – the college basketball world, to be exact – where this year’s women’s basketball teams may look the same, both this season and next season, due to NCAA allowing student-athletes an extra year of eligibility. Yet, for student-athletes to receive this additional year, they must compete during the current academic school year.

The 2020-21 college basketball season begins next month and promises to be perhaps one of the strangest seasons.

We’ll be back for more later, but don’t forget to listen (and subscribe) to our Noontime Sports Podcast on Apple Podcast and Spotify!

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As usual, hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and having a great week thus far.

Let’s begin today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a tip of the cap – no pun intended, of course! – to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who captured their first World Series crown in 22 seasons last night with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Prior to the Dodgers celebrating their city’s second championship this month – the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals a few weeks earlier – Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the Rays beaten the Dodgers last night, then the seventh game of the Fall Classic, which was scheduled for this evening, may have been postponed to Thursday or Friday. Maybe Saturday?

And just for those keeping track at home, Mookie Betts, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, capped the best-of-seven game series by smacking a home run last night. Can someone please call Bob Lobel and ask him the following: why can’t we get players like Mookie Betts?

According to Scott Soshnick of Sportico, the final-out ball from last night’s sixth game of the World Series is worth $250.000. Anyone interested in purchasing it?

While the Dodgers will certainly receive a great deal of attention, both today and over the next few days for ending one of the craziest seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, one storyline that may not disappear for quite some time will be Kevin Cash‘s decision to yank Blake Snell off the mound in the sixth inning. Was it the right decision?

Perhaps this move will haunt the Rays for weeks and months – maybe years? – but I guess the only way the Tampa Bay fans can forgive Kevin Cash is by having the team capture the World Series next October. Maybe Tom Brady could help the Rays win some games?

One last baseball story – sorry, I know this is a very heavy-duty World Series post! – but one more tip of the cap to the home of the Texas Rangers, which I will always consider the finish line for the weirdest and strangest baseball season in my lifetime.

Alright, that will do it for today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ – remember, you can stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by searching “Noontime Sports” and follow us on Instagram at @NoontimeNation!

Daily Noontime (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Hello Tuesday – how are you?

From a quick look outside our window, Tuesday look rather gloomy and cloudy – that is in the Boston area, to be exact!

Let’s get to some news (and links), beginning with Major League Baseball (MLB) where the 30-team league “amassed an unprecedented $8.3 billion of debt from their various lender” this summer and fall. The league will also lose between $2.8-3 billion in operational losses, according to Rob Manfred, who conveyed the not-so-great news to Sportico yesterday.

A big reason for the debt was due to no fans in the stands, which is because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And if Manfred and the league does not have fans in the stands next season, which is certainly a possibility, especially in California and New York, then MLB could be face some additional challenges.

The 2020 MLB season could conclude either this evening or tomorrow in Texas – as of now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from winning their first Fall Classic since 1988. The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, on Sunday in the fifth game of the World Series.

I am thinking the Dodgers will clinch the World Series this evening – just a gut feeling – but I could also see the Rays winning tonight to force a game seven tomorrow evening.

Let’s switch gears to college basketball where we learned yesterday that some early season contests and events that were initially scheduled to occur in Orlando, Florida next month, as well as in the beginning of December, will not happen. The main reason ESPN, which was scheduled to host these tournaments, pulled the plug was so everyone could stay safe and healthy.

ESPN’s public relations team released a statement on Twitter about the tournaments they were planning to host with the following message to their college basketball fans: “ESPN Events set out to create a protected environment for teams to participate in early-season events in Orlando. Based on certain challenges surrounding testing protocols, we opted to resume these tournaments during the 2021-22 season.”

Alright, that will conclude a short and to-the-point version of the ‘Daily Noontime,’ but we will be back with another blog post (or two) later today!

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, October 21, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

We have officially reached the midway point of the week – yay!

As usual, we hope this ‘Daily Noontime’ finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically.

Let’s begin today’s post with the following: Mookie Betts is the best player in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the opening game of the 2020 World Series last night, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-3. And as many noted in numerous stories this morning across the web, including Baseball America, Betts did everything last night to help the Dodgers score an impressive game one victory.

One writer believes the Rays tried to mimic the Dodgers last night – do you agree or disagree? – but should resort to their old ways, which helped them beat both the Houston Astros and New York Yankees this postseason.

But going back to Betts, along with his teammate (and pitcher) Clayton Kershaw, these Dodgers, according to one writer, look unstoppable!

The second game of the series is this evening with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m.

Let’s switch gears to the New England Patriots – is it time for our hometown football team to go searching for some new wide receivers? Or do the Patriots have some talent ‘in house?’

Say what you want about the Patriots’ receiving core – again, do you want to see the team make a move? – but if there is one pass-catcher to watch this upcoming weekend, it would be George Kittle, who is the tight end for the San Francisco 49ershe is a player Bill Belichick praised during a recent media session.

Kittle will certainly be a player to watch on Sunday, but the same could be said for quarterback Jimmy Garroppolo, who looked much better this past weekend against the Los Angeles Rams.

Alright, enough rambling from our end. Let’s dish out some more new news and links from the world wide web: